What is the Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) program?
The Metro very small quantity generator, or VSQG, program makes proper disposal of hazardous wastes convenient and affordable for businesses and keeps hazardous waste from harming the environment, humans and wildlife. Improper disposal of such waste violates Oregon law. If your business generates small amounts of hazardous waste, you may be eligible to dispose of it at a designated Metro facility as a very small quantity generator.
Your business is considered a Very Small Quantity Generator, or VSQG, if it:
- produces less than 220 pounds (100 kilograms) of hazardous waste each month (about 25 gallons of liquid waste with a weight comparable to water)
- produces less than 2.2 pounds of acutely hazardous waste each month
- produces less than 220 pounds of spill-cleanup debris containing hazardous waste each month
- stores no more than 2,200 pounds of hazardous waste on-site.
If your business exceeds any of these limits, you are not eligible for this program, and you must use a licensed hazardous waste hauler to declare and transport your waste. For more information, please contact the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
To apply to Metro’s VSQG program:
Complete the following form and click "Submit."
This information will help Metro staff determine whether the waste can be accepted and the disposal fee. A Metro representative will review your application, estimate the total fee and call to schedule a disposal appointment. If you have not been approved as a credit customer, the full disposal fee must be paid when waste is accepted at the facility.
For more information about participating in the program or establishing a credit account, call a VSQG representative at 503-223-8133 (Metro Central) or 503-655-0330 (Metro South).